Natural herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in chronic & acute asthma in adults & children

Asthma
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES -ASTHMA

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for asthma

General description and overview of asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways. The airways are the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. If you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways are inflamed (swollen). The inflammation makes the airways very sensitive, and they tend to react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating. When the airways react, they get narrower, and less air flows through to your lung tissue. This causes symptoms like panting or wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), coughing, chest tightness, and trouble breathing, especially at night and in the early morning. In fact, the word asthma comes from the Greek word for "panting."

When your asthma symptoms become worse than usual, it is called an asthma episode or attack. During an asthma attack, muscles around the airways tighten up, making the airways narrower so less air flows through. The immune system gets involved, but instead of helping, it causes inflammation, and the airways become more swollen and even narrower. Cells in the airways may also make more mucus than usual. This extra mucus also narrows the airways. These changes make it harder to breathe.
Difference in normal airway & airways in person with asthma


Asthma attacks are not all the same—some are worse than others. In a severe asthma attack, the airways can close so much that not enough oxygen gets to vital organs. This condition is a medical emergency. People can die from severe asthma attacks.

Taking care of your asthma is an important part of your life. Asthma cannot be cured, but most people with asthma can control it so that they have few and infrequent symptoms and can live active lives. Controlling it means staying away from things that bother your airways, taking medicines or supplements, and monitoring your asthma so that you can respond quickly to signs of an attack. By controlling your asthma every day, you can prevent serious symptoms and take part in all activities.

If your asthma is not well controlled, you are likely to have symptoms that can make you miss school or work and keep you from doing things you enjoy. Asthma is one of the leading causes of children missing school.


Asthma is a disease of both adults and children. In fact, asthma is the most common chronic childhood illness. About half of all cases of asthma develop before the age of 10. Many children with asthma also have allergies. The number of people with asthma, and the death rate from this condition, has been increasing since the late 1980s.

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Symptoms of asthma

Most people with asthma have periodic attacks separated by symptom-free periods. Some asthmatics have chronic shortness of breath with episodes of increased shortness of breath. Asthma attacks can last minutes to days and can become dangerous if the airflow becomes severely restricted.

The primary symptoms of asthma include (as become known to the patient himself):
  • Shortness of breath - Some people say they can't catch their breath, or they feel breathless or out of breath. You may feel like you can't get enough air in or out of your lungs

  • Wheezing - Wheezing is a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe and usually begins suddenly; may be worse at night or early in the morning; aggravated by exposure to cold air, exercise, heartburn and relieved with the use of bronchodilators (drugs that open the airways)

  • Chest tightness - This can feel like something is squeezing or sitting on your chest.

  • Cough (dry or with sputum) - Sometimes this is the only symptom. Coughing from asthma is often worse at night or early in the morning, making it hard to sleep

  • Spasmodic coughing in children, not accompanied by fever

  • Faster breathing or noisy breathing

  • Nocturnal attacks with our without copious production of mucus

Call for emergency assistance if you are with someone having any of these serious symptoms:

  • Extreme difficulty breathing or cessation of breathing

  • Bluish color to the lips and face (called cyanosis)

  • Severe anxiety

  • Rapid pulse

  • Profuse sweating

  • Decreased level of consciousness (such as drowsiness or confusion)

Additional symptoms that may be associated with an asthma attack include:

  • Flared nostrils

  • Abnormal breathing pattern, in which exhalation takes more than twice as long as inhalation

  • Use of the muscles between the ribs (called intercostals) to help with the increased work of breathing

  • Coughing up blood (called hemoptysis)

Not all people have all these symptoms, and symptoms may vary from one asthma attack to another. Symptoms can differ in how severe they are. Sometimes symptoms can be mildly annoying, other times they can be serious enough to make you stop what you are doing, and sometimes symptoms can be so serious that they are life threatening.

Herbal remedies for asthma - Symptoms also differ in how often they occur. Some people with asthma have symptoms only once every few months, others have symptoms every week, and still other people have symptoms every day. With proper treatment, however, most people with asthma can expect to have few or no symptoms.

Based on symptoms, the four levels of asthma severity are:

  • Mild intermittent (comes and goes)—you have episodes of asthma symptoms twice a week or less, and you are bothered by symptoms at night twice a month or less; between episodes, however, you have no symptoms and your lung function is normal.

  • Mild persistent asthma—you have asthma symptoms more than twice a week, but no more than once in a single day. You are bothered by symptoms at night more than twice a month. You may have asthma attacks that affect your activity.

  • Moderate persistent asthma—you have asthma symptoms every day, and you are bothered by nighttime symptoms more than once a week. Asthma attacks may affect your activity.

  • Severe persistent asthma—you have symptoms throughout the day on most days, and you are bothered by nighttime symptoms often. In severe asthma, your physical activity is likely to be limited.

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Causes of asthma

It is not clear exactly what makes the airways of people with asthma inflamed in the first place. Your inflamed airways may be due to a combination of things. It is now known that if other people in your family have asthma, you are more likely to develop it. Research suggests that being exposed to things like tobacco smoke, infections, and some allergens early in your life may increase your chances of developing asthma.

There are things in the environment that bring on your asthma symptoms and lead to asthma attacks. Some of the more common things include exercise, allergens, irritants, and viral infections. Some people have asthma only when they exercise or have a viral infection.

Allergens

  • Animal dander (from the skin, hair, or feathers of animals)
  • Dust mites (contained in house dust)
  • Cockroach waste
  • Pollen from trees and grass
  • Indoor and outdoor mold

Irritants

 
  • Cigarette smoke

  • Air pollutants, such as smoke from tobacco or a fireplace, aerosols, perfumes, fresh newsprint, diesel particles, sulfur dioxide, elevated ozone levels, and fumes from paint, cleaning products, and gas stoves

  • Cold air or changes in weather, especially in temperature (particularly cold) and humidity

  • Strong odors from painting or cooking

  • Scented products

  • Strong emotional expression (including crying or laughing hard) and stress

 

Others

 
  • Medicines such as aspirin, beta-blockers and anti-inflammatories

  • Food allergies – a true food allergy, particularly one that induces asthma, is difficult to identify and, therefore, it is not clear exactly how frequently (or infrequently) this contributes to asthma; it seems to be more common in children than in adults and the responsible foods include eggs, milk (particularly cow’s milk), wheat and cereals, soy, peanuts, yeast, foods containing mould such as cheeses, nuts (especially peanuts), fish, shellfish, and sulfite food preservatives.

  • Sulfites in food (dried fruit) or beverages (wine)

  • Benzoate preservatives, which are present in a range of products from soft drinks and reduced-calorie jams to chewing gums and fish roe.

  • A condition called gastro esophageal reflux disease that causes heartburn and can worsen asthma symptoms, especially at night

  • Irritants or allergens that you may be exposed to at your work, such as special chemicals or dusts

  • Respiratory infections

 

This is not a complete list of all the things that can bring on asthma symptoms. People can have trouble with one or more of these. It is important for you to learn which ones are problematic for you. Your doctor can help you identify which things affect your asthma and ways to avoid them.

   
Homeopathic medicines & remedies for asthma - Findings from animal and human studies confirm that DTP (diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis) and tetanus vaccinations can induce allergic responses, and can increase the risk of allergies, including allergic asthma.
   
  Who Is At Risk for Asthma?

 

In the United States, about 20 million people have been diagnosed with asthma; nearly 9 million of them are children. Asthma is closely linked to allergies. Most, but not all, people with asthma have allergies. Children with a family history of allergy and asthma are more likely to have asthma. Although asthma affects people of all races, African Americans are more likely than Caucasians to be hospitalized for asthma attacks and to die from asthma.

The following factors may increase the risk of developing asthma:

 
  • Family history of asthma or allergies

  • Cigarette smoke, including second hand smoke from, for example, parents or a spouse

  • Living in a Western or industrialized country – some experts believe that dietary habits (more processed foods, less fruits and vegetables), indoor living (resulting in overexposure to indoor allergens), energy-efficient homes (trapping allergenic dust mites inside), immunizations, and possibly, declining rates of breastfeeding contribute to the rising rates of asthma

  • Urban living

  • Gender - among younger children, asthma develops twice as frequently in boys as in girls, but after puberty it may be more common in girls

  • Behaviors that affect breathing (exercising, laughing, crying, yelling)

  • Stress

   
Natural remedies for asthma - Although asthma affects people of all ages, it most often starts in childhood. More boys have asthma than girls do, but in adulthood, more women have asthma than men do.

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies for asthma

Conventional Western medicine generally treats asthma with a combination of preventative and quick-relief medications. These may include the frequent use of inhalers, anti-inflammatory medication, bronchodilators, corticosteroids, and anti-allergy medications.

While conventional medical treatment may sometimes be necessary (especially quick relief medications), many of them come with a number of potentially dangerous side effects as well as negative effects on immune system functioning. Prolonged use of these medications have the potential to lower immune system health, resulting in increased asthma attacks, reduced resistance to allergens, while also leaving the body more vulnerable to other illnesses.

Note: You should not stop your asthma medication without first consulting your doctor, a trained naturopath or homeopath for guidance.
Herbal & homeopathic remedies for asthma - Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine have been using the herb ginkgo to treat asthma for centuries. This herb interferes with a protein in the blood that contributes to airway spasm.
 

There are a number of highly effective herbal and homeopathic remedies that may be used for the successful treatment of asthma and other respiratory conditions. Depending on the severity of the asthma, natural remedies can either reduce or completely eliminate the need for the synthetic drugs and are often used in conjunction with conventional medications as a part of a holistic treatment plan.

Herbal ingredients such as Matricaria recutita and Astralagus are known for their antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, while homeopathic ingredients such as Mag. Phos. and Nat. Sulph are successful at easing chest and throat constriction and soothing mucous membranes while reducing the presence of phlegm in the chest. Used regularly, natural remedies can help improve respiratory health, reduce the incidence and severity of asthma attacks while strengthening the immune system.

  • Kali phos. is a biochemic tissue salt soothes the nerves and supports healthy breathing

  • Mag phos. is a biochemic tissue salt supports the maintenance of open chests and airways

  • Matricaria recutita was believed by the ancient Anglo Saxons believed to be one of nine sacred herbs given to the world by the god Woden. Traditionally used to help relieve occasional simple nervous tension, this herb helps to gently soothe and lessen frustration caused by common every day overwork and fatigue and is widely used in holistic medicine to support the lungs and respiratory system. Active ingredients include volatile oil, flavonoids, valerianic acid, coumarins, tannins, salicylates and cyanogenic glycosides.

  • Arsen alb. (C6) is a remedy made by extracting the ingredient from the crystalline mineral ore Arsenopyrite that is found in many countries of the Northern Hemisphere. Ars. alb. typically suits those who are very organized, dislike chaos and are ambitious, neat and tidy. People who respond to this remedy tend to feel worse in cold air and improve with warmth and heated drinks.

  • Phosphorus (C6) is a remedy suited to those who tend to be affectionate, artistic, enthusiastic and expressive, often "biting off more than they can chew". Phosphorus also supports the respiratory system and promotes healthy oxygen intake.

  • Nat sulph. Is a biochemic tissue salt that is classically used as a natural bronchial tonic and helps to soothe the respiratory tract

  • Astragalus membranaceus has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for many centuries as a natural rejuvenating tonic. Currently, much of the pharmacological research on Astragalus is focused on its benefits for the immune system

Herbal & homeopathic products recommended for asthma

Biovent Drops for asthma - Supports bronchial and respiratory health for easy breathing.

BioVent Drops™

Supports bronchial and respiratory health for easy breathing.

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BronchoSoothe in asthma - Natural asthma remedy helps to relax and open airways for normal breathing.

BronchoSoothe™

Natural asthma remedy helps to relax and open airways for normal breathing.

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Dietary recommendations in asthma

Studies indicate that people with asthma tend to have low levels of certain nutrients (for example, selenium and magnesium) and that the Western diet (high in fast foods and low in fresh fruits and vegetables) has been associated with higher rates of asthma. In fact, fried foods and margarine may be particularly bad, especially in children. On the other hand, it has been suggested that adding onion, garlic, pungent spices, and antioxidants (such as foods rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, flavonoids, and beta-carotene) to the diet may help reduce symptoms.

Magnesium & Vitamin B6

Two large studies found that low dietary magnesium intake may be associated with risk of developing asthma in both children and adults. A lack of magnesium and vitamin B6 in your body may also be associated with your anxiety. Vitamin B6 is also needed if you are taking theophylline for asthma because this medication can lower blood levels of this nutrient. Other than dietary magnesium, some doctors also recommend soaking in a hot tub containing 1–2 cups of magnesium sulfate crystals (Epsom salts) for 15 to 20 minutes. Vitamin B6 is also believed to work in the brain similar to valium-like drugs, hence their importance in your diet or as supplements.

Good dietary sources of vitamin B6 and magnesium are

 
    B6 vitamin – B6 vitamin is easily found in chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon, shrimp, beef liver, lentils, soybeans, nuts, avocados, bananas, carrots, brown rice, bran, pulses, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, and whole-grain flour.
 
    Magnesium – shellfish, fish, whole grains, leafy greens, soya beans, bananas, beans, apricots

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to have an anti-inflammatory effect on your lungs. These acids work much like a class of asthma drugs called leukotriene inhibitors. One thing that can be said about omega-3 fatty acids is that if you enrich your diet with this type of essential fatty acid {from foods such as cold-water fish (like salmon, tuna, sardine and mackerel), flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts} and reduce your intake of omega-6 fatty acids (from foods like meat, egg yolks, and certain cooking oils), it helps improve your symptoms.

Quercetin

Quercetin, which is a member of a group of antioxidants called flavonoids, inhibits the production and release of histamine and other allergic/inflammatory substances. Histamine is a substance that contributes to allergy symptoms such as a runny nose, watery eyes, and hives. Like other flavonoids, quercetin is a plant pigment responsible for colors seen in fruits and vegetables. Quercetin supplements often include bromelain (an enzyme found in pineapple), which is also an anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy agent. Bromelain increases the absorption of quercetin. Red wine and dark berries such as blue berries, dark cherries and blackberries are rich sources of this flavonoid.

Selenium

Studies suggest that people with asthma tend to have low blood levels of selenium. Foods rich in selenium are wholegrain cereals, fish, liver, shellfish, red meat, chicken, garlic

Lactobacillus acidophilus – there is some evidence that this "good" organism (called a probiotic), which is found naturally in the gut, may reduce the risk of developing an allergic reaction, including asthma. In fact, some early evidence suggests that if mothers who have at least one relative with asthma, or some other allergy-related illness, take this probiotic while pregnant and breastfeeding, their babies may be less likely to develop asthma.

Vitamin C, an antioxidant present in fruits and vegetables, is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. This anti-inflammatory activity may influence the development of asthma symptoms. A large preliminary study has shown that young children with asthma experience significantly less wheezing if they eat a diet high in fruits rich in vitamin C.

Caffeine – If you are out in the wilderness and suddenly realize that you have nothing left on you take care of your impending asthma attack, head for the coffee pot. Conventional pills given for asthma contain the same amount of caffeine as 2 cups of coffee. Caffeine and the popular asthma drug Theophylline are almost identical – your body does not know the difference. Two 375ml cans of cola or a Red Bull or 2 strong cups of hot cocoa can also be used as substitutes.

Helpful dietary habits in asthma

Some most effective home made remedies

 
  • An expectorant, and a very effective remedy for asthma, is prepared by boiling 6 cloves in 3 tablespoons of water. Take a spoon of this decoction with a little honey, thrice daily.
  • Mix equal amounts of fresh ginger juice, honey and pomegranate juice. Take 1 tablespoon, 1-2 times a day.
  • Figs are known to give relief by draining the phlegm. Take 3-4 dry figs; wash them well with warm water. Soak overnight in a cup of water. Eat them first thing in the morning and also drink the water. Do this for at least 2 months.
  • Mix ¼ teaspoon asafetida, 2 teaspoons honey, ½ teaspoon white onion juice and ½ teaspoon juice from betel leaf. Have it 2-3 times a day. To take out juice from betel leaf, crush to a paste and squeeze through a clean muslin cloth. For onion juice, grate the onion and squeeze through a clean muslin cloth.
  • Add a handful of drumstick leaves to a cup of water. Boil and then simmer at a low flame for 3-4 minutes. Call and strain. Add salt (you may exclude it also), pepper and lemon juice to taste. Have every day, once or twice a day.
   
Reduce intake of salt in asthma - High salt intake has an adverse effect on asthma, particularly in men. Studies have suggested a strong correlation between table salt consumption and asthma mortality in both men and children.

Dos and don'ts and precautions to be taken in asthma

To prevent asthma symptoms:

  • Learn about your asthma and ways to control it.

  • Avoid things that make your asthma worse as much as possible.

  • Keep a diary of respiratory complaints – this may help determine triggers

  • Do not smoke or allow smoking in your home - Babies exposed to tobacco smoke are more likely to get asthma. If a woman is exposed to tobacco smoke during pregnancy, her baby may also be more likely to get asthma.

  • If animal dander is a problem for you, keep your pet out of the house or at least out of your bedroom, or find it a new home.

  • If pollen is a problem for you, if possible, stay indoors with the air conditioner on, when the pollen count is high. Do not run the air-conditioning, whether in car or indoors, on the setting that draws in outside air and cools it. Outside air brings with it pollen, and cool, pollinated air is bad for asthma.

  • To control dust mites, wash your sheets, blankets, pillows, and stuffed toys once a week in hot water. You can get special dust proof covers for your mattress and pillows.

  • If cold air bothers you, wear a scarf over your mouth and nose in the winter.

  • If you are allergic to sulfites, avoid foods (like dried fruit) or beverages (like wine) that contain them.

  • Stay out of kitchen – Even smelling the foods you are sensitive to can bring an attack (e.g. whiff of eggs frying in a pan brings on an asthma attack in some people). Stay away from such allergic aroma.

  • Going to sleep on a full stomach might also lead you to asthma as the acid backs up into your esophagus. Prop your bed up and elevate the pillow to prevent the dripping. You may also take our Gastronic Dr. regularly to cut down on your stomach’s acidity.

  • Use non-aspirin pain relievers – If you have sinusitis and nasal polyps and asthma, no non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like aspirin or ibuprofen are recommended, as they could lead to life threatening consequences. Sensitivity to aspirin is especially common. Go for natural alternatives (like our MiGone Plus & RealHeal Plus) instead, particularly for chronic conditions.

Practice Chiropractic in asthma - Chiropractic physicians have reported that manipulation may be helpful for patients with asthma. Both, the manipulation as well as the sham treatment report significant decrease in asthma frequency and severity.
  • Exercise-Induced asthma – Sometimes, when people work hard (physically), particularly while exercising like jogging, they find themselves gasping for air. This is called exercise-induced asthma and is actually, quite common. Some recommendations to overcome it are:

  1. Open your stride, not your mouth – When you open your mouth to gasp for air when exercising hard, you dry the back of your throat. It then becomes cool triggering your asthma. Hence, keep your mouth closed and breathe though your nose.

  2. Swim to dampen your asthma – Swimming is the ideal exercise for asthmatics, as the high humidity involved does not let your mouth go dry. Other than swimming, you may try sports that require shorter bursts of exercise like baseball, tennis, and golf.

  3. Don’t overrun – If you run like a deer, you are going to wear out fast. Asthmatics need to pace themselves.

  • Consider the Butyeko method, which is a complimentary therapy for controlling the symptoms of asthma and other breathing related disorders. It is based on the belief that breathing related disorders result form chronic over-breathing (hyperventilatin). It involves very specific breathing exercises as well as dietary and lifestyle changes.

  • Abdominal breathing – this simple deep-breathing trick can help reduce the severity and frequency of your asthma attacks. When an attack starts, you naturally become more anxious as it gets harder to breathe. That produces a ‘clenching’ response that can further restrict your airways. However, if you have practiced this breathing technique ahead of time, you can use it to help yourself breathe more easily. It goes like this:

  1. Lie on your back on a carpet or mat and place a book on your stomach.

  2. Inhale gently and deeply, but not by expanding your chest. Instead, you expand your abdomen. Keep an eye on the book. If it rises, you are breathing in the right way.

  3. Just when you think, you have reached full capacity; take in a little more air. See if you can raise the book a little higher.

  4. Exhale gradually, slowly counting to five. The more you exhale, the more relaxed you’ll feel. Then repeat at least five times.

  • Being overweight increases the risk of asthma. Obese people with asthma may improve their lung-function symptoms and overall health status by engaging in a weight-loss program. Weight loss usually results in significant decrease in episodes of shortness of breath, increase in overall breathing capacity, and decrease in the need for medication to control symptoms.

  • Acupuncture might be useful for some asthmatics. Reports suggest that acupuncture may be helpful for people with asthma, either as a treatment for an acute attack or as a longer-term therapy for reducing the number or severity of attacks, decreasing the need for medications, and so on. The success of acupuncture may also depend on other factors, such as the type of asthma being treated and certain characteristics of the patient. Nonetheless, since some controlled research has demonstrated positive effects of real acupuncture, people with asthma may want to consider a trial of acupuncture treatment to see if it helps their individual cases

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Herbal & homeopathic products recommended for asthma

BioVent Drops™

Supports bronchial and respiratory health for easy breathing.

Product Details

BronchoSoothe™

Natural asthma remedy helps to relax and open airways for normal breathing.

Product Details

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